Veterans have blasted Sarah Palin for seeming to point the finger at President Obama for the PTSD she claims her oldest son is battling.
On the same day Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president, her son Track, 26, an Iraq veteran, was arrested on weapons and domestic violence charges following an incident with his girlfriend.
The following day Palin appeared to link Track’s alleged behavior to post-traumatic stress disorder and used it to criticize Obama’s veteran policies.
Speaking at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Palin said: “My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different.”
Palin then suggested Obama is unable or unwilling to empathize with suffering veterans.
“It starts from the top, the question though, that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we have to go through?'” Palin told the crowd.
But on Wednesday the head of a New York City-based veteran’s organization criticized the former Alaska governor’s comments.
Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) said: “It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD.
“PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.”